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Old 08-05-2013, 01:08 PM   #1
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Upper & Lower Control Arms

Anyone know of a site that has a guide on how to install rear upper and lower control arms, or better yet a video??
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I would be interested in the location of a good how to video as well.
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If its not on YouTube I dunno. Lcas are easy, just support the rear end with a jack, unbolt them at the axle, lower it and remove. Uppers are a pain but you should not be doing them unless your stockers are shot. Aftermarket tubular uppers should NOT be installed on these cars.
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Anyone know of a site that has a guide on how to install rear upper and lower control arms, or better yet a video??
Just did mine , kind of a pain ..

Uppers suck

As long as you have air tools, jack, stands , some fancy tools you will be alright
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Air tools are like mana from heaven.
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My buddy has a full garage with everything I could possibly need. Did you have to go under your seat to do the uppers
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Don't do the uppers unless your rubber bushings are shot, and then just replace them with OEM uppers. Aftermarket ones will introduce a ton of rear axle bind in the 4 link suspension.
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Don't do the uppers unless your rubber bushings are shot, and then just replace them with OEM uppers. Aftermarket ones will introduce a ton of rear axle bind in the 4 link suspension.
Meaning what? That was like German to me lol
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Meaning your control arms will not move smoothly through the operating range and you'll lose traction/handling will suffer. The factory 4 link design is not the greatest in the world and the stock rubber bushings in the UCAs are needed to allow the rear end a little movement to prevent wheel hop/suspension bind.

In a nutshell, if you do aftermarket UCAs your ride/performance will actually be WORSE so I'm not sure why you want to throw money/time away by doing them unless they NEED to be done due to age/deterioration. The lowers are definitely a good upgrade but not the uppers. The only 2 brands of lowers I'd use on a street car are Maximum Motorsports and Steeda. My 95 Cobra had MM and they were GREAT, current car has the Steedas. I have the original circa 98 stamped UCAs in my car as well and my Nitto 555Rs hook up great with no fishtailing/suspension bind when I punch it at a light.
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I upgraded my uppers and lower control arms and my car feels 10x better !
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I upgraded my uppers and lower control arms and my car feels 10x better !
Because of your lowers, those make a gigantic difference.
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I upgraded my uppers and lower control arms and my car feels 10x better !
You have any trouble like this guy is saying?
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Lol ok don't believe me or the common knowledge to leave your UCAs alone. The Google, she knows much. Also Maximum Motorsports has an article on it and they're one of the best suspension companies there is.

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But what do I know?
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Lol ok don't believe me or the common knowledge to leave your UCAs alone. The Google, she knows much. Also Maximum Motorsports has an article on it and they're one of the best suspension companies there is. Click. But what do I know?
I'm not saying I don't believe you man. There's no need to get all butt hurt. I was just simply asking another persons opinion who has them currently installed. Geez take a chill pill bro
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I'm not butthurt at all, if I got butthurt easy I would not be on this forum or the internet in general lol. I just think its funny how many ppl waste money on the uppers, you would not be the first nor the last. They're also a pain in the DICK to change and all you are doing is compromising your suspension for all that work.

I mean if you want to do the uppers its your car. The lowers are where your big difference of feel and grip will come from. As I said my car has the stock uppers, Steeda lowers, Nitto 555R drag radials 315 wide and the thing hooks up REALLY well.
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Ok well I got them as a package deal I might just throw them on there to see how it all works out then if I don't like it remove it later just to try for myself
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Ok well I got them as a package deal I might just throw them on there to see how it all works out then if I don't like it remove it later just to try for myself
Like Scotty said the most of the new feel will come from the lowers. It may take some time and miles but you are potentially going to kick yourself in the **** for the uppers. That's on you MM is one of the best and I can bet their article is pretty accurate.
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Like Scotty said the most of the new feel will come from the lowers. It may take some time and miles but you are potentially going to kick yourself in the **** for the uppers. That's on you MM is one of the best and I can bet their article is pretty accurate.
Alright alright alright guys lol ill just put on the lowers. Anyone wanna buy any uppers lol
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I only replaced uppers because mine were very bad ,
I honestly don't notice how they are affecting my car in a bad way .. My car handles alot better
But everyone has their own opinion
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Yeah because of the LOWERS lol. Or the fact that your stock uppers were so shot that the rearend was going everywhere... Honestly though the factory 4 link design sucks and if you are serious about going fast in a straight line you'll upgrade to a torque arm/panhard bar setup OR a built IRS.
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I don't see how you can properly set pinion angle on a lowered car without adjustable uppers...
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